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Indian Messaging App Hike Rolls Out Free Voice-Calling Before WhatsApp

techcrunch.com — Just three weeks after announcing the acquisition of Zip Phone, India-based messaging app Hike has updated its Android app with a voice-calling feature. When Hike bought Y Combinator-backed Zip Phone, which allows users to make Wi-Fi-enabled phone calls, CEO Kavin Bharti Mittal said that it would allow the company to add free voice-calling, one of its most requested features from users, much more quickly.
Jan 28, 2015

Indian Messaging App Hike Rolls Out Free Voice-Calling Before #WhatsApp techcrunch.com/2015/01/28/hik… cc @trushar http://t.co/v4t2JNU6EZ

Jan 28, 2015

RT @TechCrunch: Indian Messaging App Hike Rolls Out Free Voice-Calling Before WhatsApp tcrn.ch/1CLx5DT by @catherineshu

Jan 28, 2015

RT @jonrussell: WhatsApp first promised to add voice calls in Q2 2014, but still not here -- India's Hike just did it in three weeks techcrunch.com/2015/01/28/hik…

Jan 28, 2015

WhatsApp first promised to add voice calls in Q2 2014, but still not here -- India's Hike just did it in three weeks techcrunch.com/2015/01/28/hik…

Apple Just Had The Biggest Quarterly Earnings Of Any Company Ever

techcrunch.com — Apple had a pretty good quarter. And by "pretty good", I mean it was the biggest quarter in history. And not just for Apple. For any company. Ever. This page charts the past record holders. Until today, Russia's Gazprom (the largest natural gas extractor in the world) held the record at $16.2 billion in a quarter.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @kirstycarrot: Apple Just Had The Most Profitable Quarter Of Any Company Ever tcrn.ch/1z03bKI via @techcrunch... I can't even.

Jan 27, 2015

RT @BarrettAll: Apple had the most profitable quarter of any company. Ever. $18 Billion dollars. Well done, Tim Cook. ow.ly/I3qex

Jan 27, 2015

RT @mdeagonia: The headline says it all: Apple Just Had The Biggest Quarterly Earnings Of Any Company Ever techcrunch.com/2015/01/27/app…

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Marissa Mayer Pretends “MaVeNS” Isn’t A Silly Acronym, Says It Represents Yahoo’s Future

techcrunch.com — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been talking for a while now about how mobile, video, native advertising, and social are the company's key growth areas. Now she's come up with an interesting way to refer to them - MaVeNS. I don't know how you feel, but personally, I'm not convinced that it's, um, the best acronym ever.
Jan 27, 2015

oH DeaR RT @TechCrunch Marissa Mayer Pretends “MaVeNS” Isn’t A Silly Acronym, Says It Represents Yahoo's Future tcrn.ch/1D5V9Pp

Jan 27, 2015

Marissa Mayer Pretends “MaVeNS” Isn’t A Silly Acronym tcrn.ch/1D5V9Pp

Jan 27, 2015

RT @TechCrunch: Marissa Mayer Pretends "MaVeNS" Isn't A Silly Acronym, Says It Represents Yahoo's Future tcrn.ch/1D5V9Pp by @anthonyha

Jan 27, 2015

RT @TechCrunch: Marissa Mayer Pretends "MaVeNS" Isn't A Silly Acronym, Says It Represents Yahoo's Future tcrn.ch/1D5V9Pp by @anthonyha

Jan 27, 2015

RT @TechCrunch: Marissa Mayer Pretends "MaVeNS" Isn't A Silly Acronym, Says It Represents Yahoo's Future tcrn.ch/1D5V9Pp by @anthonyha

Apple Q1 Sales In China Pass $16B, Up 157% On Q4, 70% On A Year Ago

techcrunch.com — Apple Q1 earnings have been a record-breaker for iPhone sales, and Apple is also hitting a high in another area: China. Today the company reported sales of $16.144 billion in the country, up 157% on Q4 and 70% on a year ago.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @jonrussell: News in brief... Apple is slaying it in China techcrunch.com/2015/01/27/app… Yahoo is spinning it out in China reuters.com/article/2015/0…

Jan 27, 2015

News in brief... Apple is slaying it in China techcrunch.com/2015/01/27/app… Yahoo is spinning it out in China reuters.com/article/2015/0…

Jan 27, 2015

Apple's $16B China boom: Cook says that it did more in online sales in Q1 than it did five years prior to that tcrn.ch/1JCIVSJ

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With Mimo, MIT Alums Are Disrupting The Baby Nursery, Onesie At A Time

techcrunch.com — For all the innovation that has come out of startups, few have addressed one of the hardest tasks in the world: caring for a newborn infant. Whether it is providing milk at 3am or ensuring that the baby is exposed to the right shapes and sounds appropriate for its age, parents are faced with a near constant barrage of challenges, often under incredible pressure and stress.
Jan 27, 2015

...And the smart baby onesie. Maybe we should just retire the word "smart". (I'm on a rant today). techcrunch.com/2015/01/27/wit… @DannyCrichton

Jan 27, 2015

As I like to say, you can read the Boston Globe (boston.com/business/techn…) or you can read TechCrunch 2.5 yrs later (techcrunch.com/2015/01/27/wit…)

Jan 27, 2015

lololololol "connected" babies? "With Mimo, MIT Alums Are Disrupting The Baby Nursery..." tcrn.ch/18qecuO via @techcrunch

Jan 27, 2015

With Mimo, MIT Alums Are Disrupting The Baby Nursery, Onesie At A Time tcrn.ch/18qecuO via @techcrunch

Jan 27, 2015

Really great application of IoT: With Mimo, MIT Alums Are Disrupting The Baby Nursery, Onesie At A Time techcrunch.com/2015/01/27/wit…

Apple Sells A Super-Sized 74.5M iPhones In Q1 2015 Thanks To Super-Sized 6 And 6 Plus

techcrunch.com — The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have helped Apple sell an astounding 74.5 million iPhones during the first quarter of the company's fiscal 2015 year. That's more iPhones than they've ever sold during a single quarter, up from the previous record of 51 million iPhone sales reported during the same time last year, and above the consensus estimate of around 67 million per Wall Street analysts.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @drizzled: Those iPhone sales are great news for Apple Watch potential, by the way techcrunch.com/2015/01/27/app…

Jan 27, 2015

Those iPhone sales are great news for Apple Watch potential, by the way techcrunch.com/2015/01/27/app…

Jan 27, 2015

Tip @techmeme Apple Sells A Super-Sized 74.5M iPhones In Q1 2015 Thanks To Super-Sized 6 And 6 Plus tcrn.ch/1y3BOLE by @drizzled

Apple Beats In Q1 2015 With $74.6B Revenue, $18B Profit And $3.06 EPS

techcrunch.com — Apple has just released its fiscal Q1 2015 earnings, reporting $74.6 billion in revenue, $18 billion in net profit representing $3.06 per share. Compared to the year-ago quarter, it corresponds to a growth of 29.5 percent in revenue, and 47.8 percent in EPS (adjusted for the 7-for-1 split).
Jan 27, 2015

RT @romaindillet: Apple is all like “started from the bottom now we’re here.” techcrunch.com/2015/01/27/app…

Jan 27, 2015

Apple is all like “started from the bottom now we’re here.” techcrunch.com/2015/01/27/app…

Jan 27, 2015

Apple Beats In Q1 2015 With $74.6B Revenue, $18B Profit And $3.06 EPS ift.tt/1ysIrWM by me

Snapchat Launches Discover

techcrunch.com — Snapchat now has a Discover feature, which will let you see content from brands like ESPN, CNN, Vice and Warner Music. According to the blog post and video (embedded below), users will be able to watch a special brand-delivered story from a Discover page.

Yahoo Plans To Spin Off Its Alibaba Stake Into A New Company

techcrunch.com — In addition to releasing its fourth quarter earnings report, Yahoo just announced its plan to spin off its stake in Alibaba into a new company, currently dubbed "SpinCo." The new company will own all of 384 million remaining shares in Alibaba, valued at $40 billion.

The Case That Turns Your Phone Into A Polaroid Camera Is Now On Kickstarter

techcrunch.com — The Prynt case, which lets you print photos directly from your phone, is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter. While the startup still plans for its case to retail for $99, early backers can get it for $49. As you can see the in the video above, we bumped into Prynt a few weeks back at CES.
Jan 27, 2015

The Case That Turns Your Phone Into A Polaroid Camera Is Now On Kickstarter tcrn.ch/15IgnrJ via @techcrunch

Jan 27, 2015

RT @TechCrunch: The case that turns your phone into a Polaroid camera is now on Kickstarter tcrn.ch/1ENrBHP pic.twitter.com/pmpV2S4bbT

Jan 27, 2015

RT @TechCrunch: The Case That Turns Your Phone Into A Polaroid Camera Is Now On Kickstarter tcrn.ch/15IgnrJ by @kylebrussell pic.twitter.com/UnZAEN6Ii7

Jan 27, 2015

The Case That Turns Your Phone Into A Polaroid Camera Is Now On Kickstarter tcrn.ch/15IgnrJ (uses printing tech from MA-based Zink)

Europe Gets A Cyber Security Incubator

techcrunch.com — London's - and Europe's - crowded startup accelerator scene is getting a new addition. Not fintech-related, this time. Rather the focus is cyber security. The Cyber London (CyLon for short) 12-week program, has been co-founded by Alex van Someren of VC firm Amadeus Capital Partners, who previously founded U.K.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @AlecJRoss: Europe's bid for future $175B market 10 Downing Aides Cassy & @jjluff +investors launch Europe's 1st cyber incubator http:/…

Jan 27, 2015

Europe - and London - now have a dedicated cyber security incubator, thx (in big part) to @eileentso. tcrn.ch/1v0CKoo tip @Techmeme

Pinterest Brings Ads To Users’ Home Feeds

techcrunch.com — More users will be seeing ads on Pinterest, the company announced on Tuesday, detailing an expanded test of its advertising product which will now place ads in the form of "Promoted Pins" directly in users' home feeds.

Data From Alibaba’s E-Commerce Sites Is Now Powering A Credit-Scoring Service

techcrunch.com — Alibaba Group affiliate Ant Financial Services has unveiled a new credit-scoring system that uses data from the e-commerce giant's sites to gauge users' creditworthiness. Dubbed Sesame Credit, the new service is an example of how Alibaba's reach in China goes far beyond online shopping.
Jan 28, 2015

An example of Alibaba’s power in China: Data From Alibaba’s E-Commerce Sites Is Now Powering A Credit-Scoring Service tcrn.ch/1wAc9bI

Nielsen Shows Kindle Unlimited Users Buy More Books

techcrunch.com — Amazon has been unsurprisingly reticent about sharing data about their Kindle Unlimited program, a subscription system that lets you download ostensibly free ebooks, mostly from Indie authors. Nielsen research is showing that users who subscribed to Kindle Unlimited spend more on books in general, on a monthly basis, than those who do not.

Hands-On With Snapchat Discover: Fun Content For Short Attention Spans

techcrunch.com — Snapchat today launched its media hub Discover. With bite-sized content blips that mix photos, videos, and text, it could become a millenial entertainment destination. And by mixing in pre-rolls and looping video interstitial advertising, Snapchat may have found how to turn storytelling into a serious business.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @betachatnews: [TechCrunch] Hands-On With Snapchat Discover: Fun Content For Short Attention Spans: surl.im/PKeM

Jan 27, 2015

Hands-On With Snapchat Discover: Fun Content For Short Attention Spans tcrn.ch/1BuYNTl It's quite good. A millenial news destination

Jan 27, 2015

Hands-On With Snapchat Discover: Fun Content For Short Attention Spans wp.me/p1FaB8-4F4v

Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Should Ship In April

techcrunch.com — The Apple Watch will start shipping in April to consumers, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who revealed that month as the expected target launch date for the..
Jan 27, 2015

Tim Cook says he “can’t live without” his own Apple Watch, but you have to survive without one until April techcrunch.com/2015/01/27/tim…

Yahoo Reports Mixed Q4 With Mobile Revenue Of $254M, Total Top Line Of $1.18B

techcrunch.com — Today Yahoo reported its fourth quarter financial performance, including revenue excluding the cost of acquiring traffic of $1.179 billion, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.30. The market had expected the company to report $1.19 billion in revenue, and non-GAAP earnings of $0.29 per share.

New Loan Refinancing Tool And $17M Round Shows The Importance Of Earnest

techcrunch.com — Louis Beryl, the founder of the personal lending (and now student loan refinancing) business Earnest, knows a thing or three about student debt. When Beryl was trying to drum up loans for grad school, he'd run into a problem. Nobody would lend to him - and when they did, the rates were extortionate.
Jan 27, 2015

New Loan Refinancing Tool And $17M Round Shows The Importance Of Earnest tcrn.ch/15FE97S via @techcrunch

Jan 27, 2015

New Loan Refinancing Tool And $17M Round Shows The Importance Of Earnest wp.me/p1FaB8-4F3o

YouTube Now Streams HTML5 Video By Default

techcrunch.com — Here is one more nail in Flash's coffin: starting today, YouTube defaults to using HTML5 video on all modern browsers, including Chrome, IE 11, Safari 8 and the beta versions of Firefox. YouTube first introduced HTML5 support back in 2010. At the time it was still highly experimental.